The Neighbourhood Plan gives local people the opportunity of deciding how we can move to a more sustainable community that reduces our reliance on the Earth’s dwindling natural resources. Whilst Much Wenlock as a community may not be able to influence the global position, there are many options in our neighbourhood to start working towards a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle local economy that meets the needs of society and protects our local environment.
The Neighbourhood Plan could be used to:
- Explore local options for energy use reduction and generation from renewable sources.
- Identify opportunities for improving availability of local food products in shops and restaurants, thereby reducing food miles.
- Encourage reduced vehicle use and use of more fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Improve opportunities for waste and recycling initiatives.
Through the Neighbourhood Plan people in Much Wenlock can help to clarify:
- Which options for generation of renewable energy are suitable/desirable in our community, e.g. wind power, solar, community wood fuel?
- What can we do as a community to improve home insulation/heating controls etc, to ensure we are not wasting energy?
- Should we be encouraging a higher standard of energy efficiency in all new-build development in the neighbourhood?
- What are our best options for reducing vehicle use in our community e.g. better public transport/encouraging lift sharing/car clubs/fuel-efficient vehicles etc?
- How can we make better use of local gardens/allotments, fruit trees, community orchards etc. to encourage local food production and help producers develop local food supply chains?